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Iraq: Security Forces Fire on Protesters

Iraq: Security Forces Fire on Protesters

Arabic | عربي   Iraq’s security forces fired on and beat protesters in Basra governorate during a series of protests from July 8 to 17, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The largely Interior Ministry forces used apparent excessive and unnecessary lethal force against protests over water, jobs, and electrical power that at times turned...
Covering Corruption Exposes Journalists to Arrest in Iraq

Covering Corruption Exposes Journalists to Arrest in Iraq

Reporters Without Borders for Freedom of Information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests to which two investigative reporters have been subjected in different parts of Iraq in the past few days in connection with their coverage of corruption, and calls for an end to the harassment of these journalists. The latest victim was Mostafa...
Youth from Kut Create a New Local Forum: “We Are Wasit”

Youth from Kut Create a New Local Forum: “We Are Wasit”

  By the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative – 19 May 2018 As a part of the project “Paths of Coexistence in Mesopotamia and Middle East”, local forums made up of civil society groups, volunteers and activists have emerged in several Iraqi cities overlooking the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. These forums are united by...
Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Translated by the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative Sputnik Just outside the southern Iraqi city of Mosul, women of Nimrud danced to the melodies of Assyrian songs and Arab folk music. They danced for peace and for the return of life to their city since its liberation from Daesh. The dancing was part of...
First Najaf Social Forum Festival for a Peaceful Iraq

First Najaf Social Forum Festival for a Peaceful Iraq

ICSSI Secretariat – March 2018 Under the slogan “Love, Coexistence, Peace”, the Najaf Social Forum held its first festival on 9 February 2018. The festival, which was held in the Palace of Culture, was attended by youth and families and through its various activities, portrayed the city as one of diversity, harmonious coexistence and peace. The...
Iraq: Families of Alleged Daesh Members Denied IDs

Iraq: Families of Alleged Daesh Members Denied IDs

By Human Rights Watch – Feb 25, 2018 (Beirut) – Iraqi security officers are routinely denying relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS- Daesh) members the security clearance needed to obtain identity cards and other documents, Human Rights Watch said today. Denying government benefits because of perceived family relationships instead of individual security...
The First Season of the Peace Forum in Hit

The First Season of the Peace Forum in Hit

ICSSI Secretariat – December 2017 The activities of the first season of the Peace Forum in Hit began on 22 December 2017. This marked the culmination of the coordinated efforts of a number of voluntary organizations which came together to establish a joint space where groups could exchange ideas and unify their visions broadly aimed...
Guarantee Me a Safe Environment, I Will Protect Your Rights and Secure Your Freedoms

Guarantee Me a Safe Environment, I Will Protect Your Rights and Secure Your Freedoms

A summary of recommendations of the paper prepared by Shahrazad activists, on the protection of Women Human Rights Defenders in Iraq. In 2017, Iraq weathered trying social and security conditions that left their traces on efforts to secure the freedoms and security of citizens in general, and this goes in particular for Women and Men...
The Final Conference of the Shahrazad Project: Past Accomplishments and Future Goals

The Final Conference of the Shahrazad Project: Past Accomplishments and Future Goals

By Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – December 2017 After nine months of continuous work, including holding seminars, focus groups and providing legal advice to women human rights defenders through the legal clinic in the Shahrazad Center, the activities of the Shahrazad Project concluded with the Shahrazad Conference on 16 December 2017 at the Oil...
Commentary: Why Iraq should limit Islamic State trials

Commentary: Why Iraq should limit Islamic State trials

By Sarah Leah Whitson (Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch) REUTERS, December 5, 2017 At the height of its power in Iraq, Islamic State controlled 40 percent of the country’s territory and the daily lives of millions of Iraqis. Tens of thousands of Iraqis came to serve the IS administration, including...
Iraqi Unions Prepare for the 4th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum

Iraqi Unions Prepare for the 4th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum

By ICSSI Secretarite  Iraqi unions continue their preparations for the 4th season of Iraqi Social Forum, which will launch on 30 November 2017 and continue until 2 December 2017. Broad participation from Iraqi trade unions and civil society organizations is expected. The Forum was preceded by a national conference on social dialogue in Iraq on...
The Digital Clinic: A New Resource to Protect Women Activists on Social Media!

The Digital Clinic: A New Resource to Protect Women Activists on Social Media!

By ICSSI Secretariat – November 2017  Women journalists, activists and human rights defenders tend to minimize the importance of protection for their devices and the digital content they use. Hence, most of them currently lack a clear strategy to protect their devices and information. This is a widespread problem and, in a country like Iraq...